ENCH496-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Separations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Advanced topics in separation methods including: packed column distillation, evaporation, mass-transfer fundamentals in separations, advanced membrane separation, supercritical technology, sedimentation and centrifugation.

AIM: This course develops further the study of separation methods introduced in ENCH396.  It aims to provide understanding of, and the ability to analyse, a wider range of process separation operations and to select the appropriate technology for a particular separation. The course provides knowledge and skills needed in ENCH494 (Process Design 3) and useful to chemical and process engineering graduates.  The course will cover the following topics:

• Packed column and multi-component distillations            
• Evaporation            
• Membrane separations
• Rapid/slow sand filtration            
• Adsorption processes                    
•  Introduction to supercritical technology        (Invited lecturer)
• Separations in water and waste waster engineering    
• Pervaporation
• Mechanical separations
• Separations in air quality control

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:
  • Develop process designs for any of the separations covered with a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena occurring.
  • Be able to select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing from separations covered in ENCH396, ENCH496 and others.
  • Carry out detailed design calculations for separation processes.


Timetable Note

Lectures: 36 (3 hours per week)

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex Yip


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 60%
Test 02 Apr 2020 20%
Assignment 01 May 2020 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles : chemical and biochemical operations ; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.

Required text:  There is no textbook recommended for this course.
Recommended Texts:  Separation Process Principles: Chemical and Biochemical Operations/by Seader, Henley and Roper; 3rd Ed.; Wiley


Pre-requisite: ENCH396

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The material in the course will be assessed by a test and a final exam.

Late submission of work

50% deduction for late submissions

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENCH496 Occurrences

  • ENCH496-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020